Cruzando El Rio und Fiebre Bunks sagen:
Tarifa ist der südlichste Punkt Spaniens mit Sichtkontakt zu Marokkos
Tanger und einen Katzensprung von Gibraltar entfernt. Dort gibt es tatsächlich keine
Radio Station aber dafür drei Musiker, die in Madrid in den späten 80igern zusammenkamen
und Ihre Session Gruppe so nannten.
Diese Gruppe ist einfach fantastisch in Hinblick auf die Zusammenführung
von Arabischer und Spanischer Musik. Durch die Improvisation zusammen mit verschiedenen
arabischen Künstlern wie Khaled u.a. unterstreichen sie die Ursprünge der südspanischen
Musik und des Flamenco.
In einem englischen Text über Radio Tarifa sagt Charlie Gillett vom
BBC London: .
It was as a way of signifying their celebration of the musical crossroads of the
imagination they were exploring. Ever since the release of their first album Rumba
Argelina in 1993, they have drawn critical accolades both in Spain and abroad. Their
music is not so much a fusion as a mosaic of Iberian cultures past and present - a
celebration of all things Mediterranean and modal.
Though for live performances they use an expanded multi-cultural line-up, the three core
musicians still come up with most of Radio Tarifa¹s recorded music.
Faín S. Dueñas contributes many of the Arabic flavours with his use of oud, gimbri
(Moroccan banjo) and percussion instruments like the darbuka. Vincent Molino plays an
astonishing array of exotic and archaic wind instruments which often give their music a
mediaeval feel. The grainy wheeze of crumhorn, the Egyptian double clarinet, and the ney
are just a few of his favourites. Finally, the charismatic singer and front man Benjamín
Escoriza brings his compulsively listenable smoky voice and experience of flamenco to the
The songs themselves are often sourced from Arabo-Andalucian, Jewish and Christian
traditions with updated lyrics and radical arrangements that effectively make them
entirely new creations.
Their third album Cruzando El Río was released earlier this year and seen by many
as a return to form. It took their innovations several steps further, introducing electric
guitar, their first female guest vocalists and even a version of a Japanese folk song.
Fans have come to expect the unexpected from these mercurial Spanish innovators.
Last news about Radio Tarifa:
Radio Tarifas Fiebre
album has been nominated in the Best Folk Album category for this years Latin Grammy
The 5th Annual Latin Grammy Awards ceremony will
took place on September 1st 2004 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, and will be
broadcast live across the USA on CBS Television.